Month: January 2016

“The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, and imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity.”

-Margaret J. Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (1999)

Revisiting “The Future” : Joe Marchese in 2015

Remember 2015’s Future of StoryTelling Summit Speaker, Joe Marchese?

Marchese said, “Advertising is the transfer of attention, from something they desire to do, to a paid message.” Great content generators and great storytellers are paid to gather a large audience and capture their attention. However, the evolution of media is faster than advertising, and always has been.  Continue reading

NATIONAL POLKA DOT DAY: Minnie Rocks the Dots

Happy National Polka Dots Day! We hope you’re rocking the dots so hard today, and in case you missed it, you have enough time to go home after work and change into a dotted ensemble before hitting the red carpet preview of “Minne Rocks the Dots,” an exhibit that will take fans on the journey throughout the Disney mouse’s fashion history and her influence on trends throughout. The best part is that Minnie will be making an appearance wearing a custom dress designed by Christian Siriano. Disney history buffs and fashion fiends will both be sated by the iconic photographs, archived imagery, and sketches dating back to the beginning in the 1930s to present day.

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Got the January Blues? Let A Dog Lick You.

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In Los Angeles and feeling like you need some cleansing, healing, or therapy? Then come have your wound licked at this art show.

Dogs are known for licking their wounds, as it’s supposed to expedite healing. For the most part, at least in modern culture, dog saliva as a wound-healer is pretty unheard of and drool in general is considered germy, gross, and dirty, when it comes to humans. What if I told you that in ancient times, dogs were considered sacred, and their slobber could heal you from whatever ails you physically, spiritually, or psychologically? A quick Wikipedia search brings up a list of dogs cited in religion, from Christianity, to Hindu, to Aztec, and more. In this art exhibit, Matt Wardell explores the Asclepeion, the sacred temple where Ancient Greeks and Romans would journey to in search of healing. And yes, dog slobber was involved, and it worked.

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The Power of Difference

Bartle Bogle Hegarty, one of the world’s most famous ad agencies, recently released a promo video that might well be the most powerful call for black sheep I have ever seen.

Remember to make it different.

Saying Goodbye to Major Tom

David Robert Jones (aka David Bowie)
Jan. 8, 1947 – Jan. 10, 2016

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Shaker Philosophy Meets UX Design

As we sweep away the confetti and pour the first Monday cup of coffee, combing through all the accumulated unread emails and holiday e-cards, let’s take a minute to focus all this kinetic energy toward the blank slate ahead and all its twinkling promise.

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There’s a quote that circulates the design sphere that dates back to the 1700s when the Shaker community (a small religious group founded in 18th century England) were inventing small, simple, and durable furniture, along with the circular saw, the washing machine, and the flat broom. I’ve carried this quote with me as my own personal career, design, and lifestyle philosophy, but to be honest, I haven’t always adhered to it. That is, until 2015, which certainly felt like a year-long Spring cleaning of my closets (thanks, KonMari!) and social life (un-friending can be a cleansing ritual in itself, try it!).  So when it came to the annual regrouping and prioritizing what kinds of work I want to make in 2016, I went back to the moleskins of my college years and found the Shaker philosophy, which rang especially poignant after the lessons we learned from the Apple Watch and 2015 UX projects.

Happy 2016. Let’s make wonderful things, and let’s make sure they are necessary. Let them be useful. And let’s never hesitate to make them beautiful–Outstanding, even.

 

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